Child Abuse PreventionInformation for local educational agencies (LEAs) regarding mandated reporting requirements, mandated reporter training, resources, and technical assistance to promote child well-being and protection from abuse.
As educators, our most important duty is the protection of the children in our care.
--Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Introduction to Online Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the California Department of Education (CDE) Greg Rose, Director of Children and Family Services in the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), and the Parent Teacher Association introduce the Educator’s training module for mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Online Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
Mandated reporter training funded by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention. Training modules offered by the Chadwick Center for Children at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The training defines the various requirements of the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and also offers specialized training for various occupational groups, including educators. This is a stand-alone training for Educators that does not require the General Training to be taken first.
Reporting Form for LEAs Who Use Alternative Training For Mandatory Reporting (DOC)
California Education Code Section 44691 (c) requires that school districts, county offices of education, state special schools and diagnostic centers operated by the CDE, and charter schools that do not use the online training module provided by the CDSS shall report to the CDE the training being used in its place.
Reporting Guidelines & Procedures
Child Abuse or Neglect Identification and Reporting Guidelines
Information for school personnel and those who work in our children’s schools to be able to identify signs of suspected cases of child abuse and/or child neglect and to have the tools to know how to make a report to the proper authorities.
Child Abuse Reporting Procedures for Parents and Guardians (English)
Available Translations of Child Abuse Reporting Procedures for Parents and Guardians
Information to assist parents and guardians in determining whether or not child abuse has occurred and, if so, how to file a complaint of child abuse with local law enforcement.
Letter Regarding Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims Procedures (PDF; 28-Jul-2016)
Information for local educational agencies regarding procedures for Government Claims for childhood sexual abuse.
Accessible Alternate Version of Letter Regarding Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims Procedures
Letter Regarding Guidelines for Parents and Guardians to Report Allegations of Child Abuse (03-Mar-2014)
Letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding revised guidelines for parents and guardians to follow to report allegations of child abuse occurring at a school site.
Letter Regarding Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect (14-Feb-2013)
Letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding California Penal Code requirements concerning the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.
California Penal Code Section 11165.7
Definition of "mandated reporter" and which personnel are designated mandated reporters.
Emergency Response Hotline Numbers for County Child Protective Services
Telephone numbers for each county's emergency response for child abuse reporting.
Reporting Tip Sheet
Worksheet describing California Mandated Reporting, laws, what must be reported, and how to file a report alleging child abuse or neglect.
Child Abuse Prevention Posters
Abused Person vs. Non-Abused Person (PDF)
Available translation of the Abused vs. Non-Abused Person Poster
We Stand With You (PDF)
Available translation of the We Stand With You Poster
The Scariest Things Don't Always Hide in Our Closets (PDF)
Available translation of The Scariest Things Don't Always Hide in Our Closets Poster
Hands are For Holding and Helping (PDF)
Available translation of the Hands are For Holding and Helping Poster
Help Me Please (PDF)
Available translation of the Help Me Please poster
SB 1178 was passed by the California Legislature in August 2016 and authorized the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to design a poster that notifies children of the appropriate number to call to report child abuse or neglect. The poster is required to incorporate specified elements and be produced in 5 different languages. The legislature encourages school districts, charter schools, and private schools to post the appropriate version or versions of the poster in an area of the school where pupils frequently congregate. A small group of California public school students, ranging from ages 12-14, collaborated to design several posters for this legislation. At the culmination of the project, the students presented the posters to the California Department of Education administration for selection.
California Department of Social Services, Child Abuse Prevention
Information and contacts pertaining to child abuse prevention, including how to report suspected child abuse.
California Health and Human Services Agency, Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment
Provides a range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, income assistance and public health services to Californians.
Every Child Matters Educational Fund
A non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make public investments in children, youth, and families a national political priority.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. Includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, and prevention programs.